DeSantis appeared skeptical of the proposal to close the gun-show "loophole" by requiring background checks and a three-day waiting period for firearms sold at gun shows, saying screenings are already being performed by "anyone selling firearms at any of those tables."
"So, when they say that to me, I don't really know what it is. I know there are talking points, but the fact of the matter is that anyone who is selling firearms is going to have to do background checks, unless it's just a private sale. But you're not going to have a table at a gun show on a private sale," the Republican governor told reporters Tuesday. CBS 12 News West Palm Beach
Additionally, it appears that Speaker of the House Jose Oliva also is not supporting Sen. Galvano's and Michael Bloomberg's love child of a bill.
Oliva seemed even more dubious, telling reporters that the House is "always very careful when we in any way start to infringe on those things that people consider their constitutional rights."
"If you talked to the sheriffs around the state, they will tell you that our red-flag laws that we passed before they were even named red-flag laws after Parkland have already saved lives. These are the areas that we have to be looking to. There is no proof that a person's ability to get a weapon affects their ability to use it. And so we have to be very careful when we once again look to trample on people's constitutional rights," Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, said. CBS 12 News West Palm Beach
Sen. Galvano is of course defending his political homunculus of an offspring.
"It's important that we look at these issues in their totality. That's what we set out to do. That's what I told the people of Florida that we would do. And certainly, there is a balance, and there is a realistic anticipation of outcome that comes into play. But I think the committee's been doing good work and I'm going to continue to support it," Galvano, R-Bradenton, said.
When asked about the difficulty in reaching a compromise on the always-thorny issue of guns, given the positions expressed by Oliva and DeSantis, Galvano acknowledged that "a give and take" exchange of ideas is part of the legislative process.
"And it's incumbent upon the sponsors of bills and members of bodies to explain and to make the correct arguments," Galvano said. "If you would have said to me three years ago that we were going to do what we did two years ago in the wake of Parkland, I would have said, boy, that's going to be a really difficult lift in the Legislature I've lived in for many, many years."- CBS 12 News West Palm Beach
So let's see if this love child of ill political romance is smothered in the cradle or if it is allowed to grow and develop.